I have been saying this for some time now, let your imagination guide your ideas and then make them come to life. Here is another example on how a group of people imagined, designed and created a unique useful domestic robot called the "I-Shovel". At the moment this is just a prototype but the potential is huge of becoming the Roomba of robotic snow shovels! The design is simple, economical and effective. There are some things that I-Shovel can improve on or get added later on its final production version like: auto charging, better use of robotic navigation (IR, Sonar, Optics, etc.), more powerful DC motors, a method to distribute freezing point depressors (Sodium Chloride (Salt) or Magnesium Chloride) to help remove snow/ice, a better A.I., the use of anti corrosive materials for the robot chassis, self protection mechanisms, etc. Currently the I-Shovel prototype is able to detect accumulation of snow and is able to automatically clear your driveway and/or sidewalks while staying within the pre-set perimeter. This domestic robot uses a shovel since it is one method of removing snow that uses a minimal amount of energy while still being effective and economical to take care of the job.
I-Shovel proves that things always happen twice, once in your mind and another in what we call reality. I-Shovel is looking for people that are interested in joining them and/or want to invest into this innovative domestic robot. Check out the video to get a better sense on how I-Shovel works and how it can inspire you to make your own robot to solve a problem or help out at home!